About Bruichladdich 20 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Signatory Bottling)
Inspired by an entrepreneurial flair and a youthful enthusiasm, the Harvey brothers began construction of the Bruichladdich
(pronounced brook-laddie or broo-lah-dee) Distillery in 1881. The brothers were descendants of a dynastic whisky family — their ancestors had already owned distilleries in Scotland for over a century. Today, the Bruichladdich Distillery (Bruichladdich means "rocky shore"in ancient Gaelic) remains situated on the shores of Loch Indaal on the island of Islay, and continues to use much of the original equipment installed by the Harvey brothers over a century ago.
Bruichladdich Single Malt Whisky is made exclusively from barley grown on 23 different farms in Scotland. After the grains are milled and mashed, they are fermented in the distillery's original washbacks, which are made of Douglas Fir. The wood from the washbacks absorbs heat generated during fermentation, and allows for a longer, slower fermentation process as compared to steel, resulting in a more flavorful and rich whisky.
After fermentation, the wash is double-distilled through Bruichladdich's 130 year-old, 20-foot tall, diamond-shaped stills. The Victorian-era stills produce whisky that is notably floral and elegant. In 2003, Bruichladdich discovered that a Pentagon agency — the Defense Threat Reduction Agency — was monitoring the distillery's webcams. "When Bruichladdich asked why the agency was interested in a distillery in a remote Scottish location, the agency said that the process of manufacturing chemical weapons and distilling whiskey were very similar so it was using the Bruichladdich web site to train its operatives," according to Computing
, a United Kingdom-based publication.
Bruichladdich 1992 Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Signatory Bottling) was distilled in November 25, 1992 and matured in a traditional, oak cask (Cask #3686) for 20 years. After 7,601 days of maturation, the whisky was bottled at 92 proof. It has a golden honey color, along with a floral aroma accented by notes of raisins and malt. The aroma gives way to notes of caramel, malt and creamy vanilla on the palate, which are complemented by a subtle citrus undertone. The finish is long and slightly warming, with a touch of cloves and cinnamon. Only 338 bottles of this single malt whisky were ever made. Pick one up today!
Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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